Men's Hoops Tips Off Season Friday Night


Nov. 11, 2015

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Iowa (0-0) tips off the 2015-16 season Friday against Gardner-Webb (0-0). Tipoff is set for 8:32 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Radio: Iowa games are broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network. Gary Dolphin handles the play-by-play, along with color commentator Bob Hansen. The network includes more than 40 stations that blanket the state of Iowa and include portions of Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Hawkeye Radio Network coverage includes a 60-minute pregame show.
Stream: Friday’s game will be streamed on mobile devices and computers via ESPN3 (WATCHESPN). Zach Zaidman and Kevin Lehman will call the action.

GAME 1: Gardner-Webb (0-0) vs. Iowa (0-0)
When Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 | 8:32 p.m. CT
Where Carver-Hawkeye Arena — Iowa City, Iowa
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Streamed ESPN3 | Watch Online via WATCHESPN
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? Tickets can be purchased at the UI Ticket Office. Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for youth and UI students. Friday is a women-men’s doubleheader with the women hosting North Dakota at 6 p.m. Fans with a men’s ticket are welcome to attend the women’s game with their men’s ticket.
? Iowa will unveil its 2015 NCAA Tournament banner prior to the game. Friday is Veterans Appreciation Day and Dance Marathon Day.
? Iowa has won 32 of its last 33 nonconference home games, dating back to November 2011.
? Fran McCaffery is 12-7 in season openers, including a 9-1 mark in home openers. The Hawkeyes routed Hampton a year ago, 90-56, in their season opener in Iowa City.
? Iowa and Gardner-Webb have played only once before, three years ago. The Hawkeyes posted their largest comeback in school history rallying from 23 points down with 13 seconds left in the first half to ultimately win by the score of 65-56.
? Senior Jarrod Uthoff was selected as one of 10 players on the Preseason All-Big Ten team.
? Iowa is 39-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 55-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.

? Free mini NCAA Tournament appearance banners to the first 2,000 fans ? Free posters, schedule cards, magnets, and keytags

? Gardner-Webb returns two starters from a squad that posted a 20-15 record last season and finished seventh in the Big South Conference. Tyrell Nelson returns for his junior season after averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a year ago. Nelson led the team in scoring (27) and rebounds (5) in an 87-78 loss at Colorado in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) last March. Also returning is senior guard Adonis Burbage, who averaged 8.2 points and made 64 3-pointers last season.
? The Runnin’ Bulldogs welcome six newcomers to their 2015-16 roster.
? Eight of Gardner-Webb’s first 10 games will be played on the road, including Friday’s contest in Iowa City and a contest at Vanderbilt in Nashville on Nov. 16.
? Tim Craft enters his third season as head coach (38-30, .559).

Iowa and Gardner-Webb met one before, three years ago in Iowa City in a Cancun Challenge Preliminary Game. The Hawkeyes downed the Runnin’ Bulldogs 65-56 on Nov. 17, 2012. Iowa trailed 38-15 (23 points) with 13 seconds left in the first half and ultimately won by nine points — a 32 point swing. The 23-point comeback is the largest in Iowa history.

The last couple seasons, Adam Woodbury split time at the center position with Gabriel Olaseni. With Olaseni having graduated, expect Woodbury’s minutes to increase according to coach McCaffery. The 7-foot-1, 250-pounder averaged 21 minutes per game a year ago alongside Olaseni. In his career when playing 28 minutes or more, Woodbury averaged 11.3 points and six rebounds per game.

? Iowa split its two exhibition contests, beating Sioux Falls (99-73), but falling to Division II top-ranked Augustana University (76-74).
? The backcourt of Mike Gesell and Peter Jok combined to average 38.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists. Jok averaged 19.5 points, while Gesell averaged 19 points in the two contests.
? Iowa outscored Sioux Falls by 20 points the final 20 minutes en route to a 99-73 victory over Sioux Falls on Oct. 29, in Iowa City.
? A fade away 15-footer from the wing by Iowa native Daniel Jansen as time expired sank the Hawkeyes, 76-74, on Nov. 6, in Iowa City.

Iowa posted a 22-12 record last season, reaching the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season. For the first time in 15 years, Iowa won 20 or more games in three consecutive seasons. The last time Iowa won at least 20 games four straight seasons was 1995-1999 — Tom Davis’ last five seasons as Iowa’s head coach.

Despite having four returning starters, plus another who has starting experience, Iowa welcomes 10 newcomers to its 2015-16 roster. The 10 newcomers includes two players who received redshirts last season (Nicholas Baer and Brady Ellingson). Iowa’s 10 newcomers ties for third most among Division I schools: Portland State and Tennessee State have 11, followed by Iowa, UTEP, and Nebraska with 10. The Hawkeyes add five freshmen (Isaiah Moss, Andrew Fleming, Brandon Hutton, Ahmad Wagner, and Christian Williams), and three junior college transfers (Dale Jones, and Michael and Steven Soukup). The Soukups are identical twins.

Point guard Mike Gesell has done an outstanding job directing the Hawkeye offense his first three seasons. Gesell owns two of Iowa’s top four assist-to-turnover ratio’s since the 1996-97 season. His 3.05 ratio in 2013-14 ranks first, while his 2.21 ratio in 2014-15 ranks fourth. Dean Oliver’s 2.75 ratio in 2000-01 is second, followed by Ryan Luehrsmann’s 2.21 in 1997-98 ranking third.

? Iowa returns seven letterwinners, including four starters, in 2015-16.
? Jarrod Uthoff was one of 10 players named to the Preseason All-Big Ten team as selected by a media voting panel.
? Iowa has competed in postseason play the last four years: NIT second round in 2012; NIT runner-up in 2013; NCAA first round in 2014; NCAA third round in 2015. The Hawkeyes tied for third place in the Big Ten last season — its best finish in nine years.
? Iowa won 21 regular season games last season, the most by a Hawkeye team since 2006 (22).
? Iowa has won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons — its longest streak in 15 years.
? Iowa averaged 11.1 turnovers in 2015, which is the best average for fewest turnovers in program history since turnovers became an official stat in 1980.
? Iowa’s free throw percentage a year ago (74.4 percent) was the fourth best in program history for a single season.
? Iowa was the first team in the country to post road wins over two ranked opponents last year: No. 12 North Carolina (60-55) on Dec. 3 & No. 18 Ohio State (71-65) on Dec. 30.
? The Hawkeyes won seven true road games last season, including winning its final six regular-season Big Ten games for the first time since 1955. The seven total road wins were the most by a Hawkeye team since 1987.
? Iowa’s 12 conference wins last season are the most by a Hawkeye team since 1997. Also, its third place finish was its best in nine seasons.
? Junior guard Anthony Clemmons made 17 of his last 19 (.895) free throw attempts combined the last eight games.
? Mike Gesell’s five assists against Gonzaga in last season’s NCAA Tournament moved the point guard into a tie with Kenny Arnold (1979-82) for eighth place in career assists (352).
? Adam Woodbury collected six assists to go along with his 11 points at Michigan last season. Woodbury became just the third Big Ten 7-footer to post 10+ points and 6+ assists in a game since 1996-97.
? Iowa’s 83-52 dominant performance over Davidson in the NCAA Second Round was the program’s first tournament win since 2001. It also marked the largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament 7/10 match-up.
? Iowa has had a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in each of the last two seasons: Devyn Marble in 2014 and Aaron White in 2015.
? Iowa is 39-6 when scoring 80 points or more, the last five seasons. The Hawkeyes are 55-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 61 points, the last five years.


Iowa sold out 16 home games the last two seasons. The Hawkeyes ranked 20th in national attendance in 2015, averaging 14,101 fans. It is the second straight season and 21st time that Iowa has cracked the top 20 in the national attendance rankings. Additionally, Iowa played in front of 475,998 fans in its 34 games (home, away, and on neutral courts) throughout the season. That figure ranked 13th in the country. As a conference, the 14 Big Ten schools averaged 12,781 fans to lead in the nation in average attendance for a 39th consecutive season. More than three million fans witnessed Big Ten games in person throughout the course of the 2014-15 season. For the second consecutive year, Iowa was one of seven Big Ten schools to rank in the top 20 nationally.

Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff were named 2015 Capital One Academic All-District first team honorees for their combined performance athletically and in the classroom. Gesell was also tabbed third team Academic All-America, becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the national distinction since Adam Haluska (first team) in 2007. Gesell, a native of South Sioux City, Nebraska, earned his degree in finance in three years. He led the team in assists (135) and ranked sixth in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2). Gesell averaged 7.4 points per game. Last fall, Gesell earned invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Scholastic Honor Society for business students at the University of Iowa who have garnered GPA’s that place them in the top 10 percent of their class. Uthoff, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduated last May with a degree in economics. Uthoff ranked second in team scoring (12.4), rebounding (6.4) and steals (38), and was first in blocked shots (56) and 3-point shooting (54-of-145, .372). Additionally, Gesell, Uthoff, and Adam Woodbury were named 2015 Academic All-Big Ten.

Jarrod Uthoff, who was named third-team All-Big Ten last season, ranked second in team scoring (12.4 ppg), and steals (1.1), and first in 3-point shooting (54-of-145, .372). He was the only Division I player to have 50+ 3-pointers, 55+ blocks and 35+ steals. Additionally, Uthoff was one of only two Big Ten players to average 12+ points, 6+ rebounds, and 1.5+ blocks (Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky). Uthoff is one of 10 men’s basketball players selected to the 2015 Preseason All-Big Ten team as selected by a media voting panel. His 56 blocks and 54 triples rank fourth and fifth best, respectively, by an Iowa junior in program history. Uthoff had two double-doubles in 2014-15 (North Florida and Michigan State). He had 10 points and a personal-best 12 boards against North Florida (Dec. 22), and 12 points and a team-best 10 rebounds versus Michigan State (Jan. 8).

Peter Jok made his first start of his career on Dec. 22, 2014, versus North Florida. The native of West Des Moines, Iowa, started 21 of the last 22 games. Jok is starting 2015 with a new number, changing from No. 3 last year to No. 14 this season. Jok averaged seven points per game in 2015, which ranked fifth on the squad. He made at least one triple in 18 of the last 25 games, including multiple 3-pointers in seven of the last 13 contests. Jok’s 36 triples in 2015 rank as the sixth most by a Hawkeye sophomore in program history. His 19 steals, 44 assists, 83 field goals and 36 treys last season were single season bests. He scored 12 points in Iowa’s win over Davidson, while grabbing five rebounds. Jok reached double figure scoring in two of three NCAA Tournament games played (Tennessee in 2014 and Davidson in 2015).

The Hawkeyes was 4-6 against opponents ranked in either the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches last season.

Iowa has two senior point guards (Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons) and a junior shooting guard (Peter Jok) on this season’s roster. Clemmons, who has started 25 of 104 games, was named the team’s Most Improved Player last spring after leading the team in 3-point accuracy (.373) and posting single-season bests in rebounding, steals, scoring average, and free throw percentage. Gesell is a three-year starter and enters his senior year with 805 points, 352 assists, and 116 steals.

Last season, freshman Dom Uhl was listed a 6-foot-8 and 195 pounds at the start of the season. After a year in the weight room, the sophomore forward checks in a 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds entering this season. Uhl earned the team’s Newcomer Award last year.

Senior Mike Gesell is a nominee for the 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities. College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism.

Iowa’s all-time leading scorer, Roy Marble, passed away on Sept. 11, 2015, at the age of 48. Marble led the Hawkeyes to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including advancing to the Elite Eight in 1987 and Sweet 16 in 1988, and led the team in scoring three consecutive seasons. In memory of Marble, RM23 is stitched on the upper right corner of Iowa’s jerseys this season.

Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White were selected in the second round of the NBA Draft each of the past two seasons — Marble in 2014 by Orlando and White in 2015 by Washington. The Hawkeyes are one of four Big Ten schools to have multiple players drafted by NBA teams the last two years.

Check out the Iowa basketball team’s website,, devoted to everything on-and-off-the-court surrounding the program., allows fans a chance to go behind the scenes with the Hawkeye basketball program on and off the court. The site is complete with exclusive videos, photo galleries and content featuring the basketball program.

The American Cancer Society honored Fran and Margaret McCaffery with the Fighting Spirit Award, Sept. 30, in Troy, New York, at the 10th Anniversary Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball. The McCaffery’s were honored for bringing attention and their tremendous amount of fundraising for cancer research. McCaffery was also honored with the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award during Final Four Weekend in Indianapolis last April. The honor is awarded annually to a college coach who has been engaged vigorously in the Coaches vs. Cancer program’s fundraising, education and promotional initiatives and has demonstrated leadership in the fight to save more lives from cancer.

Iowa has played 2,674 games since beginning basketball in 1902. Iowa’s overall record is 1,572-1,102 (.588). That includes a 1,003-353 (.740) record in home games, a 565-746 (.431) record in contests away from Iowa City, a 741-751 (.497) mark in Big Ten games and a 407-127 (.762) record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Fran McCaffery has the most experienced coaching staffs in the country. The Iowa men’s basketball staff has 67 years of combined collegiate head coaching experience and more than 130 years of collegiate coaching under their belts — the most experience of any Division I college basketball program in the country.

Iowa will be one of eight teams to compete in the Advocare Invitational, Nov. 26-29. The games will take place at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando. Five of the eight teams competed in the NCAA Tournament this past spring: Dayton, Iowa, Notre Dame, Wichita State, and Xavier.

The state’s four NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams will be in action in the same venue for the fourth consecutive year at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Dec. 19. The first game of the doubleheader will feature Drake and Iowa beginning at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Iowa State and UNI will play the second game at 6 p.m., with the game being broadcast on ESPNU. Tickets, which range in price from $25-70, are on sale exclusively through, 844-55-HYVEE, 22 Hy-Vee Stores in Des Moines and Ames, or the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office. Tickets are good for admission to both games of the doubleheader. One of the marquee basketball events in the Midwest, the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic will look to grow its attendance for the fourth straight year. More than 13,000 fans have turned out for each year of the event, including a record 15,124 fans streaming through the Wells Fargo Arena turnstiles in 2014.

Iowa, Cincinnati, UAB, and Wyoming will headline the inaugural eight-team Cayman Islands Classic college basketball multi-team event that will start in Nov., 2017. The remaining four participating teams will be released in the near future. Cincinnati and Iowa each received votes in the first 2015-16 USA Today Sports Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll. The Hawkeyes posted a 22-12 record last season, while the Bearcats were 23-11. UAB owned a 20-16 mark in 2014-15 en route to winning the Conference-USA Tournament championship while knocking off then-No. 9 ranked Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Wyoming captured the Mountain West Conference Tournament championship while posting a 25-10 mark in 2014-15. All four teams competed in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with Cincinnati, Iowa, and UAB advancing to the third round.

Iowa will open its regular season Friday, Nov. 13, when the Hawkeyes host Gardner-Webb. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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